Please check out our Airbnb at St. Francis Condominium
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Reposting this for anyone who’s looking for a place to stay near Shangri-La Hotel, but cheaper!
We have a 38-square-meter studio at St. Francis Condominium at Shangri-La Place.


I personally designed the interiors with the help of Kellyn and Rex Gapuz.
When you enter, you’ll find the kitchenette which has small appliances—sorry no cooking because we want to avoid odors and critters.


Feel free to hang your clothes inside the closet.


This is the work area, with swivel chair from West Elm. We have free wifi and cable TV plus DVD player if you’re into that 🙂


The two single beds are separate to make the studio more spacious, but you can put them together if you want to sleep side by side.


This studio sleeps up to three people. The couch is long enough to fully recline on. Just request extra pillows and blanket 🙂


The bathroom—though tiny—is chuva-approved. Check out Philippe Starck x Duravit toilet.
We redid it three times until I was satisfied. Wish it were bigger though….


It was basically designed as a hotel room without the room service—but you can order McDo or pizza. What’s a hotel stay without CNN?


Oh, but the condo is attached to the Shangri-La Plaza, which has so many food choices.
We require a minimum stay of two nights. Please recommend to your friends and family.
To know more about listing and room rates, please click HERE.


Photos: Miguel Nacianceno

Repost: Got HBO? Oscar season starts January 24th!
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It’s Oscar season once again!
If you’re an HBO subscriber, you can watch the 89th Academy Awards direct from Hollywood, along with red carpet exclusives and backstage interviews on the network’s website, social platforms, TV screens and mobile devices.
It all starts on January 24th with the announcement of nominations at 9:18 PM.
Join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and nominated Academy members like Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe as they reveal the 24 Oscar® award categories.

89th Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel

On February 27th, The 89th Academy Awards will broadcast live across Asia on HBO starting with the Oscars® Red Carpet ‘Live’ from 8 AM, followed by the 89th Oscars® at 9.30 AM.
Both programs will encore that same night on HBO at 7 PM and 8 PM respectively.
Held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, the 89th Oscars will be hosted by the late-night talk show host, producer and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. This will be Jimmy Kimmel’s first time hosting the Academy Awards.

Philux Fix brings celebrities and furniture in photo exhibit
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Philux started 37 years ago with just two skilled carpenters creating rattan furniture in the backyard of Zelda and Max Kienle.
Now eldest daughter Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez is head of sales and business development, while her sister, Jessica Kienle Maxwell is the company’s head designer.

Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez and Jessica Kienle Maxwell
The talented and beautiful Kienle sisters, Stephanie (left) and Jessica are coincidentally pregnant at the same time. The women lean on customized Sutter commodes.

In their latest brand campaign, the Kienle sisters invited celebrity friends to choose an existing Philux piece and customize it according to their taste and preference.
The ad campaign, photographed by BJ Pascual, includes actress Heart Evangelista who painted and embellished her chosen Philux Polk chair

Heart Evangelista Escudero

Restaurateur Erwan Heussaff prefers the Embla chair for its understated elegance

Erwan Heussaff

New mom Bianca Gonzalez Intal wanted actual hand prints of her own, her husband’s, and baby Lucia’s printed on the Marquis Meridienne.
“It’s for our play room. We wanted something very comfortable and can appreciate when Lucia is older. It’s really a family piece.”

Bianca Gonzalez Intal

Stephanie explains that Philux clients can indeed semi-customize their furniture by choosing from an in-house selection of wood and wood finishes, fabrics, and accents such as mattings, handles, and glass tops.
Also included in the campaign are newlyweds Cristalle Belo and Justin Pitt who chose the Rizal Bar Cabinet for their new home

Justin and Cristalle Pitt

Angie King (left) and wife Joey Mead who chose the Valencia daybed.

Joey and Angie King

Also featured in the photo exhibit are BJ Pascual, Chris and Clarisse Tiu, Pam Quiñones, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Karen Davila, and Stephanie Zubiri Crespi.
The Philux Fix furniture and photo exhibit can be viewed at the SM Mega Fashion Hall this February 23–26, 2017.
For more information email or visit the Philux showrooms at SM Megamall, Power Plant Mall, LRI Design Plaza, SM North Edsa, Shangri-La at The Fort.

Royce’ introduces Japanese White Day tradition the Philippines
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Valentine’s Day in the Philippines, women usually get flowers or chocolate from their husbands, boyfriends, secret admirers, even fathers.
But in countries like Japan and South Korea, it is the women who give chocolate gifts to the boys.

A month later, on March 14th, the men are expected to return the favor by giving gifts to the ladies—anything from sweets to jewelry or lingerie. This event is known as White Day.

So for those who may have forgotten to give chocolates to their loved ones last Valentine’s Day, you can still make up for it on White Day—with Royce’ limited edition chocolates available at Royce’ shops in Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, The Podium, and The 30th.


Come to think of it, I’m one of them. I can still surprise my boys with Valentine chocolate on March 14.
To know more about Royce’ follow them on Facebook or Instagram @roycechocolateph.

WINNERS: Fillerina giveaway!
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Thank you for nearly 300 valid entries to my latest giveaway from Fillerina!
Fillerina is a painless, needle-less solution to soften wrinkles around the face and lips.

Here’s the lucky winner of the Fillerina dermo-cosmetic treatment, which includes a special travel pouch designed by SC Vizcarra: Erika Dionisio of Diliman, Quezon City


And the four winners of the Fillerina lip plump which you can read about HERE.

Maribel Marquez of Quezon City
Zyra Cuenco of Quezon City
Iñaki Sagadal of Makati
Melanie Buenaventura of Marikina City

They’ll each receive this lip plump via courier.


Winners, please check your confirmation email from me and I’ll send you the prizes.
Fillerina is available at the beauty section of The SM Store in SM Makati, SM Aura and SM Megamall.
To know more about the products, go to